After Howard’s son died, his marriage fell apart. He used alcohol to bury his pain. During these years of grieving, he’s been homeless three times.
“Basically, I’ve been a rolling stone ever since,” he said.
Now he’s in his mid 60s. He’s disabled by lupus and a blood clotting disorder that is especially dangerous when he’s unsheltered.
Although he has been clean and sober for four years now, he still can’t afford housing in San Jose.
The Dangers of Homelessness
During a bad cold snap, the weather and the elements got the best of him. He came down with pneumonia and was also bitten by a spider. The bite became infected and he ended up in the hospital for 10 days!
“By the grace of God, I made it through,” said Howard.
When he had enough strength to leave the hospital, Howard was discharged even though he had nowhere to go. Thankfully, someone told him about Cityteam. He walked for hours to get here.
“The people at Cityteam meet you head on and they talk to you head on,” he said.
“When they look at you, they know about you, they get a feel for you. They see in your eyes the hurt, the problem that caused you to be here. And the emphasis is on God . . . my loving Father and my savior Jesus Christ . . . I really appreciate that.”